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In Conversation: Ruth Ozeki and Carole DeSanti

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm
Reflections Yoga Studio
250 West 49th St., 2nd floor

We open our program season with a provocative dialogue between two intriguing authors – both WNBA members – with topics ranging from their latest books, their inspirations, and how women authors fare in today’s publishing world.

Ruth Ozeki is the author of the recently Man Booker-nominated A Tale for the Time Being. She is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest.  Carole DeSanti is the author of The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. As an editor at Penguin, she champions independent voices in women’s fiction.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org

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typewriterYour latest manuscript is finally complete. First off – congratulations! Before you move on to hiring a professional editor, take a look at these six tips from HuffPost Books that you can do yourself.

Six Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kristen Lamb, former editor and author of Rise of the Machines — Human Authors in a Digital World, has this advice for aspiring authors:

“There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing blunders you could’ve easily repaired yourself, you’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the meat of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.”

What helpful hints would you add to this list? WNBA-ers? Share in the comments.

 

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quillNow thru November 15, 2013, The WNBA is accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual National Writing Contest!

Guidelines:

  • Unpublished work only
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  • Short fiction only; 2500 word limit
  • No memoir or novel excerpts
  • 3-5 pages of poetry; 35 lines per page
  • Acceptable formats include RTF (Rich Text Format), Word 2007, 2003 or earlier versions
  • You may submit more than once. Each entry must be submitted and paid for separately

Upload your work to https://wnba.submittable.com/submit

Please upload each of your entries without identifying information. There is a separate form for personal data.

Each entry is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Winners will be announced March 2014, and will receive a $250 cash prize and appear in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the WNBA. Proceeds from the contest will go toward scholarships, professional development, and writing conferences.

Good luck to all entrants!

Questions about the contest? Email joan@joangelfand.com

Please visit http://wnba-books.org/contest for more information on this year’s contest, a list of last year’s winners, and this year’s judges.

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Photo Credit: Writer’s Bloq, Inc.

New avenues for writers to get their books into the hands of readers seem to pop up every day. One of those options is a start-up called Writer’s Bloq.  Founded in 2011, Writer’s Bloq advertises itself as a book accelerator and publicity partner for indie authors, acting as agent and publisher. Authors submit their work, Writer’s Bloq then designs and digitally publishes the novel with a guarantee of 500 downloads in 6 months, or the author is free to terminate the contract. Writer’s Bloq book representatives only get paid when authors do.

Could this be the the future of publishing? Have you read any of Writer’s Bloq’s success stories? Do you know any other agencies or small press publishers similar to this one?What do you think, WNBA-ers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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deborahThis week’s featured member blog is Deborah Batterman’s The Things She Thinks About.

Deborah, who took 3rd place in this year’s WNBA Writing Contest, had this to say about blogging:

Blogging is something I do first and foremost because I like writing essay-type reflections on whatever it is that strikes my interest — a movie, a wedding, a day at a museum. It’s not so much about the event as it is about what it evokes. Blogging is also a way to maintain an ongoing online presence, and the approach that feels right for me is to put up a new post every two weeks.
Visit Deborah’s website/blog at deborahbatterman.com.

You can find out more about Deborah and her writing in her Member Monday interview.

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